Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cheddar Apple Bread

I found this recipe years ago as I was beginning adulthood and looking to improve my stash of recipes. Cheese and apples have always been two of my favorite foods; I thought they sounded tantalizing together, so I made it and was hooked. You may cringe at the thought, but as they say, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

2 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. margarine, melted
2 c. (8 oz) Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 1/2 c. Chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples

Combine dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk and margarine. Mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees in greased and floured bread pan for 65 - 70 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Italian Cream Bundt Cake

When in high school, I worked at a restaurant that served the most delicious Italian Cream Cake. I would pray the frosting would accidentally fall off the serving spatula onto my finger where I would be left with the only solution: to lick it off.

Although this recipe doesn't match up to the same cake I remember, it's still good and far prettier than the cake in my memories.

Italian Cream Bundt Cake

2 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 c. coconut
5 eggs, separated
1 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 T baking powder
3/4 c. chopped walnuts

Cake Icing:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter with sugar and add vanilla. Then add the 5 egg yolks.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: sifted flour, baking powder and soda.
Add dry ingredients to the mixture a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk (about 1/4 cup at a time)

Mix in walnuts and coconut

Gently fold in the egg whites.

Spoon then batter into a generously greased bundt pan.

Bake for about 60 minutes.

Let it cool for 20 minutes.

With a hand blender, cream the cream cheese with the whipping cream. Add powdered sugar. Blend. Spoon the frosting into a quart-sized ziplock back. Snip of a small corner of the closed bag to use as a pastry bag. Drizzle lines of the frosting over the bundt cake. After the first layer, add the coconut and the chopped walnuts. Apply another layer of frosting.

Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. After of course, you look at how pretty it is.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quick and Easy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

This gourmet treat can be such a quick treat. No lie. Thanks to chocolates from one of my favorite stores in Salt Lake. You know those stores you go when you feel you need to be rewarded? Orson Gygi is that store for me. I believe I have been there on my way to dine out for my birthday three years running!

One of the last times I was in there I grabbed a big bag of these chocolates. And what do you do with these chocolates come strawberry season? DIP THEM!

 I just placed a few handfuls of these morsels in a microwave-safe dish and cooked them in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes stirring halfway through. Cook them until the pieces have all melted.

Wash your strawberries and make sure you dry them with a towel to rid them of too much moisture. Then dip away.

Chill for at least 15 minutes or for as long as you have the willpower.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Raspberry Colada Popcorn

Did you know Pyrex turns100 this year? And I don't think they could be more popular. Have you seen the prices of some of their vintage bowls? I am lucky to have one and decided to fill it with popcorn today to celebrate. Not just any popcorn, but Raspberry Colada Popcorn. The recipe I adapted calls for Pineapple Extract to make it a PiƱa Colada, however for years I haven't been able to find Pineapple Extract. If any of you know where I can find that, please let me know! So, in the meantime I found raspberry extract in my cupboard and used it.

Raspberry Colada Popcorn

1 batch of popped popcorn (I use air pop)
1 cube butter
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. corn syrup
pinch salt
1 T coconut extract
1 T Raspberry extract
2-3 drops of red food coloring

Melt butter. Add sugar, Karo syrup, and salt; stir until boiling. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add extracts. Pour over popped popcorn and stir until mixed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Only Mint Chocolate Brownies Recipe You'll Need

Seriously! Throw away all of your mint brownie recipes. This recipe card will soon be tattered, stained and well-used like mine. I think the frosting alone sets this apart from any other imitators :) 

Mint Chocolate Brownies

1 1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. cocoa
4 T honey
6 eggs
3 1/2 c. sugar
2 2/3 c. flour
3/4 T baking powder
3/4 t. salt

melt butter and mix in cocoa. Allow to cool. Add honey, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. add nuts. Pour batter into a greased sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

Mint Icing:
7 1/2 T butter
dash of salt
4 1/2 T milk
1 1/2 T light corn syrup
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
3/4 tsp. mint extract
3 drops food coloring

Soften butter. Add salt, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add mint extract and food coloring. Mix. Add milk gradually until the consistency is a little thinner than cake frosting. Spread over brownies. I like to pop this pan into the freezer while I do the next step so the chocolate frosting will glide over more easily.

Chocolate Frosting

3/4 cube butter, softened
4 1/2 ounces cream cheese
5 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3 heaping T of cocoa
3 3/4 T warm milk

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, cocoa and milk. You may want to add more milk to make it creamier. 
Once mixed thoroughly, spread the frosting on top of the mint icing.